Monday, October 29, 2012
As originally published in the September 28, 2012 edition of the Journal Scene
Three Dorchester Two representatives were honored by The Citadel Thursday.
Summerville football coach John McKissick, District Two Superintendent Joe Pye and Sean Alford, Citadel Class of 1992, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Dorchester District 2, were honored for a lifetime of inspiring students during The Citadel School of Education’s fifth annual Wall of Fame Banquet held at the Charleston Marriott.
Created in 2008 the Wall of Fame seeks to honor outstanding educators and champions of education.
“The accomplishments of the 2012 Wall of Fame honorees are astounding. These men and women are not only leaders in their fields but are examples of the kinds to leaders The Citadel seeks to produce,” said Tony Johnson, dean of the School of Education. “This year’s inductees also illustrate the School of Education’s leadership and support of The Citadel’s strategic initiative to provide outreach to the region and to serve as a resource in its economic development.”
In addition, the School of Education honored its second STEM Educator of the Year – Margaret Spigner of West Ashley High School.
McKissick, the “winningest” football coach with a string of local, state and national awards, has coached at Summerville High School since 1952. He is now in his 60th season.
Pye, who holds two advanced degrees from The Citadel Graduate College, has more than four decades of education experience spanning all levels. He began as a classroom teacher and served as an assistant principal and principal. The 2012 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year has an elementary school named for him.
Alford, Citadel Class of 1992 and father of a current cadet, came to Dorchester District 2 from Beaufort County where he was instructional services chief. Before that he worked in Wisconsin and in Columbia, S.C., as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Spigner is a National Board Certified Teacher and chairman of the science department at West Ashley High School. The recipient of numerous awards in a teaching career that spans three decades, Spigner was selected for her work with West Ashley High School students on the award winning project “Water Wildcats Preserve Pond Using STEM.”